Facebook says this white nationalist video doesn’t break its new white nationalism ban. Huh?

Just as pretty much everyone predicted, one week after Facebook made a big deal of banning white nationalist and white separatist content on its platform.... Facebook now says a viral video on its site which is obviously and explicitly white supremacist and toxic does not break Facebook's new policy.

It's explicitly white supremacist content. No, this does not make any sense. Welcome to 2019.

“HuffPost showed the company a racist, fear-mongering video by Faith Goldy. Not a problem, a spokesperson said.”

From Huffington Post's Andy Campbell [Twitter]:

Now it’s unclear what that new policy actually means, if anything. On Tuesday, HuffPost showed a Facebook spokesperson a video on Facebook in which prominent Canadian white nationalist Faith Goldy laments white “replacement” and demands that Jews and people of color repay the white European countries they’ve “invaded.”

The spokesperson said that no policy had been broken, not even the social media giant’s new policy banning the promotion or praise of white nationalism.

In a much-discussed move last week, Facebook had issued a statement declaring that its policies banning white supremacist ideology and hate groups weren’t enough. The company said it would add “praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism” to the list of things that violate its terms of service, and noted that those rules would extend to Instagram, which it owns.

“We didn’t originally apply the same rationale to expressions of white nationalism and white separatism because we were thinking about broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — things like American pride and Basque separatism, which are an important part of people’s identity,” the company wrote in its March 27 press release.

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[via @jbendery]